March 11, 2009
The BBC are today reporting that scientists are worried about mass extinction in the world’s oceans. This is being caused by changes (increases) in the level of acidity in sea water.
This has to be of massive concern to us all.
The BBC story – which was discussed with Dr Carol Turley, who is chairing a session at the Copenhagen Climate Change Congress – reports that increased ocean acidification is making life very difficult for shell-forming organisms. If this doesn’t mean much to you, it might be put into a little perspective when the world loses oysters and mussels!
One very important question – as relates to all environmental change discussions – is that whilst scientists can see change happening, it isvery difficult to predict how much change will occur and how much – if at all – plants and animals can adapt to these changes. But as we all know, by the time we actually “find out” it will be too late for anything to be done.
The cause of the increase in acidity appears to be directly related to increases in CO2 levels. This means that unless emissions are somehow curbed, the potential problems for the world’s oceans will simply continue to grow. Will water purification systems be enough? Clearly, finding ways to limit emissions is not just the role of the Copenhagen Climate Conference, but also of governments, NGOs, corporations and every individual on earth.
Whilst it is not the job of EBS to bring businesses across the European Union to heel, the summit will discuss the impact of corporations on the environment and the potential impacts – good and bad – of the Copenhagen process.Stuart Langridge